futuridiumiconWhat might be the surprise "hidden gem" of this week's batch of new releases is a game called Futuridium EP from developer MixedBag, who you might remember is working on a very neat adventure game called Forma.8 which we looked at during E3 last year. In the meantime though, they've released Futuridium, and it's a wild ride so far.

Futuridium is a behind-the-ship style space shooter, similar to something like StarFox. Each "level" is actually a larger spaceship where your goal is to blast away all the blue cubes you see, which will reveal a white core cube. Destroying the core cube completes the level, and the whole thing has a sort of "Death Star trench run" feel to it.

The game comes with 13 different levels, or ships rather, and each one needs to be played through in succession old-school arcade style during the main campaign. Once you've beaten a level you can go back and play it by itself for practice, but the leaderboard only tracks straight playthroughs of the full campaign.

One other thing about Futuridium that really jumps out at me is its controls. A simple, invisible, "touch anywhere" control stick is used for ship movement, there's a dedicated fire button for blasting away cubes, and touching anywhere else on the screen will flip your ship around 180 degrees, which is essential as there's much back-and-forth going on as you take out all the different cubes spread across a level in order to reveal the core cube.

Also worth noting is the really slick visual style of Futuridium, as well as its excellent assortment of music (it's not all dubstep, FYI). It feels like a really cohesive audio/visual package, and I'm very pleasantly surprised with just how much fun and how challenging it is. If your interest is piqued then throw Futuridium on your TouchArcade [Free] Watch List and check out our forums for some more impressions. Or, if you're impatient, check out the free Mac/PC version from the official Futuridium website in the interim.

International App Store Link: Futuridium EP, $1.99 (Universal)

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Gorgeous. Thanks for the heads up, Jared. It's like Zaxxon Escape done right.

  • AsgerJ

    looks great. Can I play my own music instead though?

    • http://www.mixedbag.it/ Mauro Fanelli

      Developer here, thanks for the news and the feedback!
      Sure, you can play your music, just set the music volume to 0 in the Futuridium options menu and play whatever you want in the Music app. :)

  • Greyskull

    WUB WUB WUB.

    • Zeldaniac

      *ZZT ZZT ZZT

  • dexterdavis

    It's not worth the 2 dollars I just played this on the computer a few days ago for free. How come everythime they port a free game on to ios they charge for it.

    • bigred447uk

      It's a bit like you expecting to get paid at the end of the week / month if you work for a living. If you do that type of thing ? Maybe you don't take part so you can't perceive that ? Idk. Why do you expect stuff for free ?

  • B30

    Looks great, reminds me a bit of the old Zaxxon games from the 80's.

    • W4TSON

      Yeah, this looks llike what the zaxxon endless runner should of locked like when it came out a couple of years ago.

  • Inaba-kun

    Looked interesting until the "music" started.

    Remember when video game music used to be catchy melodies and fun compositions?

    • Taclys

      Yeah, god forbid we use modern music.

      How does this thing control?

  • bobbstermang

    Nice retro look.

  • toxiccheese

    It looks like it would be difficult to judge your height without any kind of shadow.

  • Flynn Taggart

    I'm game as long as the dubstep is kept to a minimum.

  • Zeldaniac

    Video games should stay away from making electro / dubstep music for their games until they either 1) get a real producer or 2) make it well.

    • ChiefBurningLog

      I know what bad dubstep sounds like, and this is not it.

      • Flynn Taggart

        Well then maybe we should just avoid that genre alltogether.

  • pointyteeth

    It reminds me more of Uridium, which it is completely obviously influenced by and likely a tribute to.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Agreed. :) Not an easy reference however as that game didn't reach mass popularity like Zaxxon. :)

    • FuZion

      And that was nails too!